Construction Vs. Creation

‎"The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists."

-Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Been thinking a lot about this quote over the past week.  So many things can be described as a creation: a piece of art or poem, a child, a garden.  The question is, what side of the fence does a movie land on? Created or constructed?

After all the work everybody has put into Love in the Time of Monsters, I find it hard to answer that question.  In a way, we're constructing it, piece by piece, like a building.  But on the other hand Mike (and Matt and I) had had a vision for this thing well before it really existed on anything other than his mind.  And I don't think everybody on the team would be working quite so hard if they didn't love it.

Maybe it's the writer and director's job to "create" a movie, while the producer's job to "construct" it with the tools at hand?  Sounds good on paper, but I think in my experience the roles of every single person working on a movie constantly switch back and forth between the two.  It's precisesy that dicotomy that drew me to producing in the first place.

In the end, who knows?  All I know is I love this project, and so does everybody else working on it (at least that's what the tell me!)

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